The UILO assists researchers at U of L maximize the impact of their research by assisting with the transformation of IP into new tools, processes, products and treatments.
Factors such as the nature of the discovery, the sector in which it will be used, the wishes of the inventor, and the broad potential benefits of the technology are all key components in determining how a new discovery can best be transferred from U of L into the broader innovation system. As this system evolves, so do the practices of the UILO, from developing and embracing new channels of dissemination, to creating global access principles to ensuring that the University best serves the interests of its academic, local, national and global communities.
The diagram below provides a simplified illustration of the innovation cycle at U of L and the UILO's involvement in assessing, developing, and partnering technologies. Note that in many cases the process becomes circular, with licensed technologies being the basis on ongoing research relationships.